I learned to knit at my grandmother’s side when I was around 11 years old and – as my family and friends can attest – I never put my needles down. And if I’m not knitting, I’m writing (about something creative), speaking (about something creative) or cooking (something delicious). Truth be told, I’m always up to something.
I love crunchy wool, coffee, true crime podcasts and rainy days. And as crazy as it sounds, I love early early mornings and Mondays. Yep, I’m that person.
Olive Knits started with seamless sweaters (because that’s what I love to knit), but has grown to become a space that supports knitters throughout their creative journey. I teach creative confidence, knitting skills and my unique renegade sweater techniques to knitters online and around the world.
You’ll find a range of seamless patterns for hand knitters here at Olive Knits; sweaters, wraps, shawls, hats… and more. My focus is on classic styles for real bodies – garments you’ll love to make and wear.
I call it Olive Knits because I love knits. (Am I the only one who played that childhood game of mouthing the words “olive juice” and it looks like you’re saying “I love you”?)
With an ever-growing library of designs, you can find new projects to inspire your next cast-on. Whether you’re knitting for yourself or a loved one, desperately in need of a mindless project for social knitting, or prefer something with a bit more focus, my range of pattern styles here offer a little something for almost anyone.
In addition to independently published patterns, I’m also the author of two books: Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks and Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week (Page Street Publishing 2019, available wherever books are sold).
When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a mission: to spread knitting as far and wide as I could. I think she feared the art would die with her – little did she know how much it would continue to grow. Thanks to her influence I’ve spent much of my life teaching and sharing my passion for both knitting and creative arts.
Sharing my love of making (and doing it through community) is why I’m here.
The only thing better than knitting, is knitting with a support system. Whether it’s the need for pattern or project support, a network of makers to cheer you on, or access to workshops and resources so you can grow your skills wherever you are, you’ll find it here.
Check out my online workshops for knitters and creative entrepreneurs.
You’ll also find creative inspiration and encouragement with my weekly Good Enough Creative podcast: a podcast for creative people. Catch new episodes every Thursday on your favorite podcast player, or click here.
Don’t have a local knitting group? Looking for a way to connect? Four times a year registration opens for my exciting membership for knitters: Knit Camp. It’s a space for education, inspiration, community and patterns. Read all about Knit Camp (and join the waitlist if we’re between sessions) here.
I also have an online community space for my students. If you’ve taken a class with me (either in person or online) or are a member of my Knit Camp community, you’re invited to join us here on Facebook in the Olive Knits Student Lounge.
I believe that making unites us. My life’s mission is to nurture, inspire and connect – and I do that through knitting, writing and teaching.
I believe in building bridges, not fences. I believe that black lives matter. I believe in racial and gender equality. I believe in human rights for all human beings.
I tell my community that I love them, and I mean it. I have a deep, sincere love and a desire to serve the knitters that are part of my community. And I want EVERY knitter to feel loved, welcome, safe and supported in my little corner of the world.
I believe in equality, justice and human rights for all people. Whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever you look like, wherever you’re from, however you identify. You belong here.
I believe that creativity is richer when it is diverse.
I believe that the older we get the more we have to learn, and that we learn more when we listen.
I believe in optimism, and in the inherent good of all people.
I believe that actions speak louder than words. When I see injustice, you will find me volunteering, donating and voting for change. I am only one, but I will do the thing I can do. I am committed to action that supports equality, diversity and justice for all human beings that share this planet. I do not tolerate hate, racism, sexism, intolerance or prejudice toward any fellow human being – and my community is designed to be a welcoming space.
I believe that we are stronger together than we are alone, and that together we can change the world.
You belong here. Come on in.